Karachi: According to news reports, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected pleas to halt the encroachment removal campaign in Gujjar Nullah and Orangi Nullah. The Supreme Court ordered that the endeavor to recapture parkland and municipal infrastructure be continued.
The case was heard by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Gulzar Ahmed, and two other judges in the Supreme Court Karachi Registry.
The three-judge bench rejected the lower courts’ stay orders, stating that no remedial actions are required because the property belongs to the government and there are no aggrieved parties in this case. The judges also ordered authorities and anti-encroachment organizations to continue their anti-encroachment activities and to reclaim parks and public spaces.
The Supreme Court also ordered the Cantonment Board to submit a report on encroachment under its supervision within two days, as well as the Chairman of the Karachi Development Authority (KDA). The officials were also ordered to demolish unlicensed clubs and structures on government property, according to the court.